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24 March 2010
Southport Named Loudest Conference Destination in North
Conferences has been dubbed the loudest region in the North
following its visit to event industry trade show International
Confex earlier in the month over 1 March to 3 March 2011.
The team took part in a ‘loudest shout’ Guinness World Record
attempt along with around 750 other exhibitors and visitors from all
over the country. Although, the world record was not beaten,
Southport was rated the loudest destination in the North measuring
117.8 decibels, just short of the loudest destination in the UK,
which went to Visit Devon at 119.6 decibels.
Southport Conferences received several positive enquiries from its
time at the show, with organisations looking to bring their
conferences and events to the town. On this interest, Sammi Rudge,
Business Tourism Development Officer commented;- “We generated
some very strong leads, whilst at International Confex, the quality
of which were really high. We also found it a useful forum to meet
many London based contacts, people that we have spoken to on the
phone, but actually came away from the show with enquiries from.”
Earlier this week, a team from Southport Conferences took part in a
sponsored ‘slotathon’ on the Pier’s Penny Arcade Museum to help
raise awareness of British Tourism Week. The annual
campaign aims to raise local, regional, national and international
awareness of the size, value and importance of Britain's £115
billion visitor economy.
BITTER BLOW FOR NHS WORKERS AS PAY FREEZE GRIPS TIGHTER
UNISON, the UK¹s largest union,
reacted angrily to news that the Government is freezing pay for all
NHS workers, except those earning below £21,000, calling it 'a
bitter blow' for hardworking staff including nurses, paramedics and
The union dismissed the £250 for those earning under £21,000 such as
cleaners, healthcare assistants, cooks, porters and switchboard
staff as a totally inadequate token gesture. The increase is below
inflation and with the cost of everyday essentials rising, it will
be wiped out very quickly.
UNISON is holding its health conference next month in Liverpool
where it is widely expected that delegates will vote to reject
attempts to reduce pay, as well as pledging to fight back to
preserve jobs and services.
The NHS Pay Review Body was hide-bound by the Government¹s pay
freeze diktat across the public sector and the union warned that
staff are already angry over Government interference with the
independence of the PRB and the decision will rile health workers
further. To add to health workers problems the pay freeze
comes hard on the heels of increased pensions contributions in the
recent Hutton report.
Mike Jackson, Senior National Officer for Health, said:- "The
Government¹s decision to freeze pay is another bitter blow for
hard-working NHS staff. The squeeze on NHS finance is already
placing a heavy burden on health workers. They see jobs being cut,
operations cancelled or delayed and patients suffering as a result.
It is completely unjust for the Government to make nurses,
paramedics, therapists and skilled NHS staff the fall guys for the
financial crisis brought down on the country by the bankers.
The £250 is a totally inadequate token gesture designed to salve the
conscience of coalition MPs. They know that health workers did not
cause the crisis, that inflation is going up and that families,
already struggling with mounting debts and rising inflation, will
suffer because of their decision.
I expect widespread anger over pay at UNISON¹s Health Conference
next month. The job cuts, cancelled operations and longer waiting
times are deeply distressing for health workers and the pay freeze
is likely to be the final straw."
Consultation over social care criteria
is starting over a review of eligibility criteria for adult social
care in Liverpool. The city council currently provides
services to people who are judged to have moderate, substantial and
critical needs. Under new proposals, people with moderate
needs would not be eligible for funding. Liverpool is
proposing to remove the banding due to spending pressures which
means it has to find a total of £91 million savings from its overall
budget. The council wants to invest in services which prevent people
falling ill and keeps them fit and healthy in their own homes
without the need for local authority funded support. Where people do
need help, the emphasis will be on what are known as:-
“reablement” services – short term assistance to get them
back to a level where they don’t need ongoing support.
A series of consultation events are being held for staff, care
providers and service users and their relatives over the next few
weeks to explain more about what the changes will mean, and how
people will be affected. 2 public meetings for anyone affected
will be held at LACE Conference Centre in Sefton Park on Friday 1
April from 10am to midday and 1pm to 3pm. It will give people
the opportunity to meet with officers, see a short presentation and
then take part in a question and answer session. A copy of the
consultation document and questionnaire will be available. Due
to capacity issues, places are limited and must be booked on a first
come, first served basis by calling:- 0151 233 4640 / 2819 / 4644.
Councillor Roz Gladden, cabinet member for adult social care, said:-
“I fully understand and appreciate that people will be concerned and
apprehensive about how the removal of the moderate care band could
affect them. We have had to make some tough, difficult and
heartbreaking choices in order to protect services for the most
vulnerable due to the significant reductions in our budget. Removing
the moderate care band will enable us to continue directing support
at those who are most in need. We will also be investing in
prevention to help people avoid entering the care system, and
helping people regain independence after illness or an operation. We
are keen to hear people’s views and make sure we provide as much
information and support as possible.”
Around 1,400 people currently receive moderate social care support
in Liverpool. Each person’s situation will be fully reviewed by a
social worker before any decision is made over what happens to their
current support package. In some cases, people will move up
into the substantial category, while others will be judged not to
require support any more because they have regained their
independence. People no longer eligible for support would be
given information and help to find alternative support and in some
cases, help to get additional benefits to pay for this. For
people who are not able to make the meeting on Friday, 1 April 2011,
a consultation document and questionnaire can be downloaded from:-
or by emailing:-
The consultation runs until 13 June 2011, and all of the feedback
will be fed into a report to the council’s Cabinet which will make a
final decision in the summer.
Foster Carers Needed!
Solutions, a Merseyside based independent foster care agency, is
holding an informal information day at the offices at 397 Smithdown
Road, Wavertree, L15 3JJ on the following dates:- Saturday, 26 March
2011, Wednesday, 13 April 2011 and Saturday, 30 April 2011, from
10am to 4pm. Anyone who wishes to know more about this rewarding
work is welcome to attend to have a chat and meet the staff. Please
look at their
website or call Carer
Recruitment Team on:- 08453 700 500 for more information.
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